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Old 04-19-2004, 03:57 PM   #1
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Cool Concerta side effects after drug holidays

My son has used Concerta for a little over a month and it has been a great experience. He is so happy being on it. I know it is normal to have some side effects for the first few days, ie stomach and head aches, and some insomnia, and all that went away by the fourth day. My question is about drug holidays. I am hesitant to keep him off on weekends and holidays because I don't want him to have to go through the side effects again. Does this make sense, and once a person has been on it awhile, do they not experience the same effects when starting again after a few days or weeks? Thanks in advance for your great advice.

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Old 04-20-2004, 08:39 AM   #2
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Re: Concerta side effects after drug holidays

I recently took about a 3 week holiday from Concerta and did not have the headaches when I resumed it that I had when I first started it. Naturally, everyone is different and YMMV!

Old 04-20-2004, 08:51 AM   #3
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I was on Concerta for a while and was only taking it on weekdays, when I went to school. I didn't have the side affects every time I went back on it after the weekends, but everyone is different. I actually liked having the drug holidays because it made me feel like I wasn't being completely controlled by the drugs. I also could have a few days a week without the tremmors, decreased apetite and interrupted sleep. My advice would be to try not taking it one weekend and see if he has the side effects all over again when he goes back on it on Monday. If he's fine and doesn't experience them then it will probably be ok to skip it on weekends and holidays. If he has the side effects all over again I would keep him on it every day.

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